2008-2009 King`s College London MA Contemporary Cinema Cultures (with Distinction)
2005.2008 University of Warwick BA IIi (Hons) History & Cultures
(Forthcoming) High Fantasy Disney: Recontextualising The Black Cauldron in Discussing Disney, Amy M. Davis (ed.), (University of Indiana Press, January 2016)
(Forthcoming) Bond is Not Enough: Electra King and The Desiring Bond Girl in The Women of James Bond: Critical Perspectives on Feminism and Femininity in the Bond Franchise, Lisa M. Funnell (ed.). (Wallflower Press, September 2015)
Making Fantasy Matter: The Lord of the Rings and the Legitimisation of Fantasy Cinema in The Lord of the Rings (Fan Phenomena Series), Lorna Piatti-Furnell (ed.) (Intellect Books, August 2015)
Zack Snyders Impossible Gaze: The Fantasy of Looked-at-ness Manifests in Sucker Punch in Sensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture. Gilad Padva & Nurit Buchweitz (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
Across the Narrow Sea: Televisual World-Building in HBOs Game of Thrones (In preparation, with plans to submit to the Journal of the Fantastic Arts by Summer 2015)
A Matter of Us and Them: Reconstructing US-UK Relations in the WWII Fantasy Film (Submitted to Film & History in April 2015 decision pending)
Scrutinising the Rainbow: Fantastic Space in The Wizard of Oz, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (February 2012)
Review of Joshua Call, Katie Whitlock, Gerard A. Voorness, Dungeons, Dragons and Digital Denizens (Approaches to Game Studies). Participations: Online Journal of Audience and Reception Studies (Volume 11, Issue 1) May 2014.
Comparative Review of Walters, James, Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema and Fowkes, Katherine, The Fantasy Film. Scope: Online Journal of Film and TV Studies (Issue 23. June 2012).
Information about Alex
I have a PhD in Film Studies from King`s College London (the highest ranked media department in the country).I also work as a lecturer at King`s College and London Metropolitan as well as a support tutor in various schools.
I have research expertise in various aspects of film/literary theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis, and have publishe numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. My thesis is entitled: "Fantastic Fantasies: A History and Spectatorship of the Hollywood Fantasy Genre". It combines a detailed industrial history of Hollywood fantasy films throughout the twentieth century - formulated through extensive archival research - and a philosophical/psychological account of fantasy and fantasising. I have published on a wide range of topics placing fantasy cinema in both a philosophical and historical context.
Availability: Weekday Evenings
Willing to travel: 2 miles
Experience: 2013 - Associate Lecturer at London Metropolitan University
** 2016 - Nominated for "Best Lecturer" at the London Metropolitan SU Awards" ***
Convenor and lecturer on a variety of undergraduate modules, delivering lectures, seminars and marking coursework on Approaches to Film and Television, Introduction to American Film and TV, Contemporary American Television, Media Genres, Representation and Identity and Film and Television Histories. I obtained experience in course design in my work in this role, as well as developing and maintaining additional module support documents on the web-assisted learning platform Weblearn. Based on 2014-15 feedback, 93% students strongly agreed that I had stimulated their interest in the subject, had a excellent rapport with students and was very effective in leading the class.
2011 - Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kings College London
Seminar leader, coursework marker and guest lecturer on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including: Introduction to Film Studies: Forms and Context and Film History (1st year undergraduate), Film Theory, Cinema and Spectatorship and Hollywood Cinema (2nd year undergraduate) and Formations of Film Studies (postgraduate). Based on my student feedback from 2014-15, 89% of my students believed I was very effective at leading seminars in general, and every single one of my students rated my ability to establish a rapport with the class as excellent.
2011 - Tutor at The Brilliant Club: a non-profit, charitable organisation dedicated to improving university access for low-participation schools. Trained by Teachfirst assessors to deliver university-style tutorials to small groups of KS2, KS3, GCSE, AS and A-Level students. Courses taught include: Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Critical Theory, Introduction to Literary Theory and The Philosophy of Film. CRB Checked. Experience gained on teaching utilising a variety of VLE platforms.
I have been a private tutor for 3 years now, teaching students from a range of ages from KS3 to A-Level in subjects such as English, English Literature, History and Media Studies.
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